Medium Playback has something new for you this week. This long read is a totally absorbing listen, perfect for a lazy day in the sun or a quiet morning with the A/C.
Episode three is all about Jesus Christ and his superstars. In his piece “Jesus, Mary, and Joe Jonas,” writer Jonathan Parks-Ramage discovers Reality L.A., an evangelical Christian church that attracts the lost kids of Hollywood with top 40-like ballads and an attractive promise of love and absolution. Unfortunately, the gospel is not so sweet for Jonathan — the hip-seeming church is truly conservative, and non-belief, abortion, premarital sex, and gay sex will each earn you a one-way ticket to hell. Unofficially, we’re calling this episode “Fundamentalism, but Make It Fashion.”
New episodes of Playback are released every other week, hosted by Manoush Zomorodi and Kara Brown. Season one includes stories from Roxane Gay on deciding to undergo weight loss surgery, Baratunde Thurston on big tech and big data, and more.